Worktops Aftercare Advice

hardwood worktop aftercare

Ongoing care and oiling of the timber brings out and enhances its appearance as well as protecting the wood surfaces from wear and tear. Please read the aftercare guide carefully and follow our advice. If you have any additional questions please call one of our customer service advisors, who will be happy to assist.

Your new worktop should be treated with Danish Oil every week for the first six weeks, and at least once every three months thereafter. If you think your worktop needs oiling more regularly then feel free to apply as often as you like - you cannot overdo it. This simple procedure will maintain the colour and lustre of your hardwood worktop and keep it looking as good as new. Always apply thin layers using a lint-free cloth and remove any excess oil after 10-15mins.

If a worktop is fitted over a Belfast type sink, oil should be applied monthly or whenever beading of water no longer occurs on the worktop surface.

Water spills and other liquids should always be mopped up immediately to prevent stains to the surface - especially during the first few weeks of installation. We advise keeping a tea towel handy solely for this purpose.

Worktops should be cleaned regularly using washing-up liquid and warm (not hot) water. Apply the water sparingly and wipe dry afterwards - water should never be left to stand on wooden surfaces for long periods.

Never use multi-purpose cleaning products that contain chemical cleaning agents and especially avoid scouring powders. A green nylon scouring sponge can be used for cleaning purposes but the area may require re-oiling afterwards.

Always use a chopping board for food preparation - cutting directly onto the worktop will damage the surface.

Hot pans, rough-bottomed objects and wet items should not be placed directly onto a wooden work surface - always use granite inserts, hot-rods, trivets, pan stands or heat-resistant mats to protect the worktop from scorch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.

Repairs and Refurbishment

Surfaces that have been neglected, become a bit tired and lifeless or accidentally damaged by cuts, burns or stains can usually be sanded and re-oiled to fully restore them to their original splendour.

When sanding, it is best to start with 100grit sandpaper and build up to 120grit or 150grit. Work surfaces should never be sanded finer than 180grit. To do so will prevent any future applications of oil from penetrating the surface.

Dents to a wooden worktop can easily be steamed out. Sand the damaged area and then apply a small amount of water into the dent. Place a damp tea-towel over the area and run a steam iron over the tea-towel around the affected area. This method will slowly raise the dented area of the wood back to the surface. Afterwards, finely sand the repaired area and apply as much Danish oil as is necessary.

Being a natural product, wood can occasionally crack or split. In these instances it is best to fill the affected area with a good wood filler. For best results in achieving a near-invisible repair we recommend that you purchase the appropriate wax filler pack from us. Each pack contains three colour wax sticks which are all specially selected to match the varying colour shades of your worktop.

You will remain a valued Barncrest customer long after your worktops have been installed. In addition to the wealth of installation and aftercare information available on our website, we will always be happy to answer any of your after-care enquiries, advise on maintenance and how best to repair accidental damage. For any additional advice please contact one of our customer advisors on 01328 838 121 who will happily answer all your enquiries and discuss your needs.